APPLE VALLEY, Minn. -- Tammy Van Dyke is nesting at home with herbrand new son Cody, but her bliss is not what it could be after a mix-upat Abbott Northwestern Hospital.
Van Dyke says while she was at the hospital earlier this week nursesat Abbott Northwestern put her son in the wrong bassinet, took him tothe room of another new mother and had her breastfeed him.
She spoke with the other woman, who had just given birth to twins,after finding out about the mistake. Van Dyke tells KARE 11 that thewoman told her a nurse brought a blonde child into her room and thingsdidn't feel right. The woman says she told the nurse "I don't think thisis my baby," and the nurse reportedly told her it was, that she wasjust tired.
The mother told Van Dyke she breastfed the child, then looked at thetag around his ankle and learned it was not her baby but a child namedCody.
Both women had to undergo tests for HIV and hepatitis.
Abbott Northwestern spokesperson Gloria O'Connell confirmed theevents, calling what happened "a terrible mistake." She says properprocedures were not followed and that there will be consequences.
Thursday afternoon Abbott Northwestern Hospital released an official statement on the baby mix-up. It reads:
Yesterday morning at Abbott Northwestern Hospital an infant wastaken from the newborn nursery to the wrong room and was brieflybreastfed by a woman who is not this infant's mother. While hospitalprocedures require staff to match codes on the infant's and mother'sidentification bands in order to prevent incidents like this, it appearsthese procedures were not followed in this case.
The following statement is from Penny Wheeler, MD, a practicingobstetrician and Chief Clinical Officer of Allina Health, which ownsAbbott Northwestern:
"On behalf of Abbott Northwestern, I am very sorry this incidentoccurred. Providing the best possible patient experience and carequality is our foremost concern and this incident should not haveoccurred. As an obstetrician, I have personally seen verification of theinfant's identifying name band matched correctly with the mother's onhundreds of occasions. It is extremely unfortunate that was not the casethis time. We sincerely apologize to the involved families and willmake certain we understand why our procedures were not appropriatelyfollowed in this case."